The comics world has been shaking up lately. Higher-ups in companies moving on, new people taking over, and new publishers popping up. The latest comics publisher to enter the fray is Waxwork Comics. While they may be fairly new to comics, they have a long history of putting out premium horror soundtracks under Waxwork Records. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Waxwork Comics is going to focus on horror genre comics. The debut full-length story title, Poser, is out today with issue #1. I got a chance to check it out so I can tell you all how this new comics publisher is shaping up.Poser is a creator-owned slasher comic by music and horror comics veteran Matt Miner, artist Clay McCormack, colorist Doug Garbark, letterer Taylor Esposito, and Hannah Means-Shannon editing. The story takes place in Redondo Beach, CA where decades ago a man brutally murders some punks on the beach. A resulting alteration with those punks’ friends results in them dispatching the killer, but his body is never found. We cut to the present to the still vibrant punk scene in Redondo Beach where it seems that the killer is back, or perhaps a copycat killer. I’m going to start with the writing. Matt Miner approaches this story with a high level of authenticity. The man has clearly been a horror junky and a part of the punk scene for a long time. Reading Poser feels like you’re dealing with Freddy in the dream world; he’s a master of his domain. The beat of this issue plays out like the first twenty minutes of a slasher flick in a way that I’ve rarely seen the comics medium accomplish. It’s also filled with tender moments between characters, friends being dicks to each other, and all with real bands and real songs in the background to really suck you in. It’s so easy to get sucked out of a story when you see knock-off bands, songs, and posters. That is not a problem here. Clay McCormack is the perfect artist for this book. He has the slasher mood down pat and uses his inking skills to masterfully dictate the story. Combined with Doug Garbark on colors, the two set up a genuinely creepy mood right from the start with the flashback, then switch things up in the middle giving it a lighter tone as we get to know our principle characters before the darkness creeps back up in the story.Letterer Taylor Esposito brings his A game to this book as always. He seamlessly tackles the panels that get crammed with words here, which does pop up a few times, and he handles changing things up to show music playing, shouting, and other effects in a way that always enhances and never slows down the story. He’s pretty much this generation’s John Workman and elevates any book he’s attached to.What’s really most important about this comic is it honestly feels like a legit slasher film in comic form. What helps add to that is each copy comes with a 7” EP soundtrack by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust. While only the first issue is out, I’m already hoping this book gets optioned. Though I will say, my biggest critique is that there was no reference to the Patti Smith song “Redondo Beach.” I mean, the story is begging for it!I can’t recommend Poser enough. It’s everything a horror comic should be. I’ve been reading Matt Miner’s writing for years and this is easily one of the best comics he’s put out. If you’re a fan of slashers, you don’t want to miss this. Poser #1 is available to order March 9th through Waxwork Comics. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.